Do You Have Back Pain?

Do You Have Back Pain?Is your back hurting? You’re in good company. In any 3-month period, about 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has at least one day of back pain, mostly in the lower back.

The back is a complicated structure. Its center is the spine, which is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae, stacked in a column. The nerves of the spinal cord run in a tunnel through the middle of those bones. Spongy discs between the vertebrae act as cushions. Ligaments and tendons hold everything together.

A lot of things can go wrong with your back. A strained muscle or a problem with a disc or a bone can cause pain. Back pain might also arise from a fracture or tumor. Much of the time, though, it’s impossible to tell what’s making your back hurt.

“We rarely find out exactly what it is,” says Dr. Gunnar Andersson, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “As long as it stays as back pain, we are typically not that concerned.”

Your back naturally changes as you get older. Discs degenerate and arthritis may develop in the small joints of the back. Those changes may show up on an MRI or other types of imaging scans. But such changes to the back are also seen in a lot of people who don’t have back pain. So it’s hard to know if the changes are actually what’s causing the pain.

People with obesity are more likely to have low back pain, as are people who smoke. Back pain is also more common in people who don’t exercise much, or in people who are mostly inactive but have occasional bursts of exercise.

The good news is most back pain goes away by itself. For a new pain in the back, Andersson says he usually advises taking over-the-counter medications for the pain and staying away from activity that is hard on the back—lifting, carrying, bending, and twisting. “Then, wait for the problem to disappear, which it will in the great majority of people over a few weeks,” he says.

But for some people, the pain continues. If your back hurts most of the time for more than 3 months, you have chronic back pain.

What doctors do about chronic pain depends on the source of the pain. If it comes from a fracture or tumor, those problems can be treated. Surgery can help if the pain is caused by a ruptured (herniated) disc or certain other conditions like spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column, which can put pressure on the nerves) or degenerative spondylolisthesis (when one vertebra slips over another). But surgery isn’t the right choice for everyone.

For most people, even chronic pain eventually clears up without surgery. The most important thing, Andersson says, is not to let the pain take over. Research has shown that patients who stay active are better off. Just be sure to avoid activities that might strain the back. “It’s important not to succumb to the pain and become afraid of moving,” Andersson says. “It doesn’t seem to make much difference what you do, as long as you stay active.”

Written by NIH Office of Communications and and Public Liaison
Managing Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Helen Fields, Britny Kish, and Harrison Wein

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Amelia Concours d’Elegance Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Amelia Concours d'Elegance Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Classic

The Amelia is celebrating their 20th anniversary!

Since 1996 the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has grown from a regional concours to an international award winning event on a global scale and is ranked at the top of the worldwide concours constellation.

To celebrate two decades of automotive design and competition excellence the 20th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will reprise the founding Concours of 1996 with our original honoree Sir Stirling Moss. This year marks the 60th anniversary of his record setting victory in the Mille Miglia, his first World Championship Formula 1 victory and the dual World Championships of Mercedes-Benz in the World Sports Car and Formula 1 drivers championships.

Sir Stirling scored each Mercedes-Benz victory in the six-race World Sports Car Championship of 1955. It started in May with his legendary triumph in the epic 1000 mile lap of Italy, the Mille Miglia. Sixty years later that record still stands. Moss’ victory for Mercedes in the Targa Florio, the final round of the World Championship, clinched the world title for Mercedes-Benz. It was the perfect complement to their second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship in 1955.

Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Classic

Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Classic

In each World Sports Car Championship race he won in 1955 Sir Stirling raced chassis number “0004”, his famous number “722” from the Mille Miglia. That same summer Moss won his first Formula 1 World Championship race, his home Grand Prix at Aintree, England, with Mercedes’ W196 Grand Prix car, the stable-mate of his triumphant 300SLR.

Sir Stirling’s final Formula 1 race for Mercedes-Benz came in the 1955 Italian Grand Prix racing the elegant W196 streamliner. After leading several laps on the fast, steeply banked Monza circuit a stone shattered the streamliner’s windscreen forcing Stirling to pit. He set a Monza lap record in his pursuit of the leaders but ended his Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 career when a drive shaft bent on the notorious Monza banking. Moss’ Monza streamliner was donated to the Indianapolis Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and will, for the first time, join “722” and the open-wheel W196 “slipper” Formula 1 car in the Cars of Stirling Moss class on Sunday March 15, 2015.

“With Sir Stirling and this extraordinary collection from Mercedes’ 1955 championship-season, the 20th anniversary Amelia Concours will be an historic and memorable event,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “Sir Stirling set us on our course in 1996 and he’ll launch us to more successful decades with the reunion of this unprecedented and historically significant trio of his victorious Grand Prix and sports cars.”

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Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Classic

Tickets are now available!

About The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance:
Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated over $2.5 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc., Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Shop with Cops, and other deserving charities. The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 13-15, 2015.

For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

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Amelia Island Cooks Up 7th Annual Restaurant Week

Amelia Island Cooks Up 7th Annual Restaurant Week Amelia Island, FL – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island will host its seventh annual Restaurant Week from January 16 through 25. The ten-day, culinary showcase of the small barrier island’s top restaurants will offer visitors and residents the opportunity to try new restaurants and enjoy old favorites.

jack-and-dianes-fernandina2014In 2015, 30 of the island’s popular dining hotspots are participating in Restaurant Week.

This year, guests can enjoy restaurant week dining for lunch and dinner, with different restaurants participating in each. Both lunch and dinner will offer a special fixed menu.

The lunch option will be priced at $12 and includes an entrée and a drink.

The dinner option (priced at either $19 or $29 per person) includes three courses and a beverage.

Restaurants participating include:


Restaurant
Phone
Serving
website
29 South 277-7919 Dinner www.29southrestaurant.com
Bar Zin Bistro & Wine Bar
310-6620
Dinner
www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com
Brett’s Waterway Cafe 261-2660 Dinner On AmeliaBites.com
Cafe Karibo 277-5269 Dinner www.cafekaribo.com
Ciao Italian Bistro 206-4311 Dinner www.ciaobistro-luca.com
Crab Trap 261-4749 Lunch and Dinner www.ameliacrabtrap.com
Cucina South 432-7920 Dinner Cucina South
Espana Restaurant & Tapas 261-7700 Dinner espanadowntown.com
GG’s Bistro 261-8973 Lunch and Dinner www.gourmetgourmetfood.com
Halftime Sports Bar & Grill 321-0303 Lunch www.halftimeameliaisland.com
Hola! Cuban Cafe 321-0163 Lunch www.holacubancafe.com
Horizons 321-2430 Dinner www.horizonsameliaisland.com
Jack & Diane’s 321-1444 Dinner jackanddianescafe.com
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro 321-2558 Lunch and Dinner www.joesbistro.com
Leddy’s Porch (904) 261-7251 Lunch floridahouseinn.com
La Mancha 261-4646 Dinner www.lamancharestaurant.net
Le Clos 261-8100 Dinner www.leclos.com
Lu Lu’s at the Thompson House 432-8394 Lunch and Dinner www.lulusamelia.com
Marina Seafood Restaurant 261-5310 Lunch and Dinner On AmeliaBites.com
Oceanside 491-4113 Lunch and Dinner www.omnihotels.com
Pate Sucree Restaurant 626-1677 Lunch On AmeliaBites.com
PI Infinite Combinations 432-8535 Lunch On AmeliaBites.com
PLAE 277-2132 Dinner www.29southrestaurant.com
Sandy Bottoms 310-6904 Lunch and Dinner www.sandybottomsamelia.com
Sliders Seaside Grill 277-6652 Dinner www.slidersseaside.com
The Courtyard Pub & Eats (904) 432-7086 Lunch www.courtyardpubandeats.com
The Salty Pelican 277-3811 Dinner www.thesaltypelicanamelia.com
The Surf Restaurant & Bar 261-5711 Lunch and Dinner www.thesurfonline.com/
Verandah 277-5958 Dinner www.omnihotels.com

During the 2015 Amelia Island Restaurant Week, two Amelia Island resorts are offering special events to celebrate the destination’s dining attributes. On Thursday, January 15, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will kick-off the week with “A Tribute to Modern Southern Cuisine” event. Starting at 6 p.m., the event will feature a wine tasting and passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner featuring cuisine from several of Amelia Island’s phenomenal chefs. The dinner will feature a course from chefs from The Salty Pelican, Espana, 29 South, and two chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

amelia-sunrise-cafe-omniTickets for the dinner are $68 and available by calling 904-277-1087.

On January 24, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation will close Restaurant Week with an exciting four-course dinner paired with wine. The event will start at 7 p.m. in the Sunrise Cafe. Tickets are $69 per person and can be purchased through opentable.com or by calling (800) 684-9999.

In conjunction with Restaurant Week, several of Amelia Island accommodators are offering special accommodation packages. For more details about packages and restaurant week, visit www.ameliaisland.com/yummy.

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Turn Holiday Aches and Pain into Cheer and Good Will

Turn Holiday Aches and Pain into Cheer and Good WillThe fine folks at Nassau Physical Therapy had some great tips in their December newsletter including the following two articles.

The first one is how to relieve holiday aches and pain, and the second is a list of 12 ways to spread holiday cheer and good will.

How to Relieve Holiday Aches and Pain

Piriformis and Hip Stretch – Seated
By: Kaylee Nelson, DPT
• While sitting in a chair, cross your affected leg on top of the other as shown.
• Next, gently lean forward until a stretch is felt along the crossed leg. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times.

This could easily be done while wrapping presents while sitting in a chair. It is good for people with the diagnosis of “Sciatica” or even low back pain as people who experience back pain tend to have pain and tightness with this muscle.

In addition, please remember to stand and wrap presents at counter height and not while sitting on the floor.

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12 Days of Holiday Cheer & Good Will

By Domenica Miller

There are many ways you can spread good cheer during the holidays. Here are 12 ideas:

1st Day – Donate toys to children in need.
2nd Day – Visit the sick or elderly.
3rd Day – Donate to animal shelters, pets without homes need love too during Christmas
4th Day – Drop off old clothing, food or blankets to homeless shelters in your area
5th Day – Donate to your favorite charity online.
6th Day – Check out Kiva.org and loan to someone.
7th Day – Bake something and give it to someone in need
8th Day – Call a distant friend or relative that you don’t see often or that you will not see during the holidays.
9th Day – Have a holiday block party with neighbors
10th Day – Perform as many random acts of kindness as you can to strangers.
11th Day – Donate food to a food bank.
12th Day – Send a holiday card to a soldier overseas.

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Third Annual Festivals of Speed on Amelia Island

Third Annual Festivals of Speed on Amelia IslandThe 3rd Annual Festivals of Speed will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort March 13-14, with a Hollywood Wheels Car Auction and a Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception in the Grand Ballroom.

There will be an incredible display of exotic cars, motorcycles and luxury brands on the fairway.

Tickets are on Sale Now at www.festivalsofspeed.com.

The Festival is now accepting car, motorcycle and unique vehicle registrations – including both vintage and contemporary models of any year.

This Festivals of Speed weekend is one of the largest gatherings of affluent car collectors on the east coast.

For vendor or sponsor displays contact Joe Sabatini at (352) 406-9325, or joe@festivalsofspeed.com.

Look what will be on display!
-Rolls-Royce Wraith
-Lamborghini Aventador
-Exotic Motorcycle display
-Porsche Display
-1936 Ford Custom” Bud Light” Street Rod by Boyd Coddington
-ALFA 4C
-Saturday afternoon Cigar lounge on the Fairway.
-1904 Thomas Flyer
-Ferrari display
-American Muscle Cars
-The Best Bourbons, Wines & Spirits at our Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception and in our VIP lounge overlooking the fairway!

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Customer Appreciation Holiday Party at Great Harvest Amelia Island

Customer Appreciation Holiday Party at Great Harvest Amelia IslandThis holiday season Great Harvest Bread Company is throwing a Customer Appreciation After Hours Party!

Friday, December 19th, from 5:00 ’til 7:00 pm, there will be complimentary drinks, small bites, sweets and live music by the Hambone Stumps Band. EVERYONE is invited!!!

Located at 822 Sadler Road, in the shopping center next to Applebees on Amelia Island, Brandon and the other fine folks at Great Harvest are inviting you to this thank you party – acknowledging YOUR continued support over the past year, owner Brandon Mitchell said, “We truly value each of you and want to express our sincere appreciation for your patronage of Great Harvest of Amelia Island.”

Complimentary wine will be provided by A Taste of Wine by Steve.

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Iowa Hawkeyes Team Huddles on Amelia Island for 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

Iowa Hawkeyes Team Huddles on Amelia Island for 2015 TaxSlayer BowlAmelia Island, FL – Amelia Island will be hosting the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from the University of Iowa as they travel to Florida for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl on January 2, 2015 at Jacksonville EverBank Field. In addition to enjoying the award-winning accommodations at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the Iowa Hawkeyes team will be practicing at Fernandina Beach High School in preparation for the game against the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

“As part of an agreement with Gator Bowl Sports, Amelia Island will be the home base for TaxSlayer Bowl teams for the next six years,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the destination to the teams and encourage additional fans to stay on island during the bowl game weekend.”

According to Langley, the CVB has been successful in promoting the destination as an ideal home base for visiting fans attending the bowl game and other events at Jacksonville EverBank Field. The new agreement will expand that effort and, as a bonus, will help local high school football players. Fernandina Beach High School is using the TaxSlayer Bowl’s facility rental fees to upgrade the football practice facilities, where the Hawkeyes will train in preparation for the game. The renovated facilities will take two years to complete and will be available to the high school’s football team.

“This is a big deal for our school,” said Ken Roland, Athletic Director of Fernandina Beach High School. “We are very excited to host the Iowa Hawkeyes. They have a great tradition of football and we are looking forward to seeing this Big 10 power in action.”

The CVB has created a special landing page, taxslayerbowlgetaway.com, for visitors to register to win a trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl, as well as view accommodation packages and weekend events.

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Bomb Threat Extortions Hit Fernandina Businesses

Bomb Threat Extortions Hit Fernandina BusinessesPress release from the Fernandina Beach Police Department – Three unusual bomb threat calls were made to area businesses today, in each case the caller attempted to extort money from the business by having the business deliver money electronically via a Green Dot Card.

The first call was received by Walgreens on Sadler Road at 2:22 PM, the second call went to the Dollar Tree in Amelia Plaza at 2:35 PM and the third call was made to the Radio Shack in Amelia Plaza at 2:42 PM. In each instance the male caller was described as having a Middle Eastern accent. The caller threatened to detonate a bomb in the store if the manager did not load money onto a Green Dot Card within ten minutes.

Fernandina Beach Police Officers, assisted by Deputies from the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, responded to each location and coordinated a search. No devices were found at any of the locations.

These incidents appear to be the tied to a series of bomb threat extortions that have been taking place nationwide since 2013. Most recently a business in Alachua County, Florida was targeted last week and in November stores in the Atlanta area were targeted.

While none of these calls have resulted in the detonation of any explosive devices, each instance is taken seriously until the store is determined to be otherwise safe.

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Final Farmers’ Market in Fernandina Before Christmas 2014

Final Farmers' Market in Fernandina Before Christmas 2015Saturday, December 20th will be your final opportunity, before Christmas Day, to pick up fresh vegetables, desserts, beef, salmon, appetizers and snacks from the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market.

Kings Kountry Produce is the only place to find Florida Sunshine sweetened strawberries! The also have plenty of great tasting greens, delicious cauliflower and tasty broccoli.

Pies from the Spice Pantry are only $10.00 and perfect for the holidays. Tressa’s Treasure’s offers southern-style, traditional peanut brittles, spiced cashews, chocolate dipped pretzel rods and more. Looking for gluten-free sweets? Check out Something Good’s flavored breads and Jack and Diane’s cookies.

J.D. Beef will have a truckload of free range Angus beef, and All About U.S. Wild Salmon has Weathervane Scallops, and fresh Alaskan Salmon.

Olive My Pickle will return with their new Kids Pickle Club. Kids simply pick up their official membership card, then select their favorite pickle. When they present their card at Olive My Pickle in the farmers’ market, they get a FREE pickle on a stick!

We hope you will bring your entire family to North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, this and every Saturday to visit nearly 40 exhibitors of seasonal produce, fresh breads, plants, honey, desserts, sauces and more. We are open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, rain or shine.

Holiday, musical entertainment will be provided by the incredibly talented musician, Dan Voll.

Located adjacent to the farmers’ market, The Fernandina Beach Arts Market will also be open on December 20th where you can visit with local artists and discover treasures that make fabulous holiday gifts.

For additional information please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, find us on facebook, or call Joe at (904) 557-8229.

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Stress Relief Might Help Your Health

Stress Relief Might Help Your HealthWinter holidays – do they fill you with joy or with worries about gift-giving and family gatherings? Do summer vacations leave you relaxed or fretful over travel and money? If you’re feeling stressed out over supposedly fun things, it might be time to reassess. Take a few moments to learn how stress affects your health and what you can do about it.

Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Stress can give you a rush of energy when it’s needed most—for instance, competing in sports, working on an important project, or facing a dangerous situation. The hormones and other chemicals released when under stress prepare you for action. You breathe faster, your heartbeat quickens, blood sugar rises to give you energy, and your brain uses more oxygen as it shifts into high alert.

But if stress lasts a long time, a condition known as chronic stress, those “high-alert” changes become harmful rather than helpful. “Stress clearly promotes higher levels of inflammation, which is thought to contribute to many diseases of aging. Inflammation has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, frailty, and functional decline,” says Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, a leading stress researcher at Ohio State University. She and other researchers have found that stress affects the body’s immune system, which then weakens your response to vaccines and impairs wound healing.

Research has linked chronic stress to digestive disorders, urinary problems, headaches, sleep difficulties, depression, and anxiety.

“Some studies have found the physical, emotional, and social effects of a disease like cancer to be stressful for patients, caregivers, and long-term cancer survivors,” says NIH’s Dr. Paige Green McDonald, an expert on stress and cancer biology. “However, there’s no definitive evidence that stress causes cancer or is associated with how long one survives after a cancer diagnosis.”

The top causes of stress in the U.S. are money and work-related pressures, according to a 2013 survey from the American Psychological Association. Stress can also arise from major life changes, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, illness, or losing a job. Traumatic stress is brought on by an extreme event such as a major accident, exposure to violence, or a natural disaster such as a hurricane or flood.

Caring for a person with severe illness, such as dementia or cancer, can also be a significant source of stress. More than a decade ago, studies by Kiecolt-Glaser and others showed that the stressful demands placed on caregivers can lead to poorer health, lower responses to vaccines, increased inflammation, and a more than 60% higher death rate compared to non-caregivers.

It’s not clear why some people can sidestep or recover more quickly from stress than others. These resilient people seem to “bounce back” more easily after stressful situations. Recent studies of animals suggest that resiliency may depend at least in part on our genes. But learning healthy ways to cope with stress can also boost your resilience.

“There are many different ways to cope with stress. We know from a lot of different studies that having close personal relationships—people with whom you can talk, with whom you can share your feelings, can be helpful,” says Kiecolt-Glaser. “So spending time with family and friends in order to maintain those relationships is perhaps one of the most crucial things you can do as a stress reducer.”

Unfortunately, Kiecolt-Glaser adds, “when we’re stressed, we tend to do the worst things that are not at all helpful to our health.”

For instance, stressed out people may tend to isolate themselves and not seek social support. “Exercise is a great stress reducer. But when people are stressed, exercise becomes less common and less appealing,” Kiecolt-Glaser says. “Instead of maintaining a healthy diet, also important to reducing stress, some people who are stressed tend to eat more donuts than vegetables.”

You may think that the agitation brought on by stress might help to burn calories. But evidence hints that the opposite is more likely. Kiecolt-Glaser and colleagues found that, compared to nonstressed people, those who were stressed burned fewer calories after high-fat meals and they produced more of the hormone insulin, which enhances fat storage. “So stress may contribute to weight gain and obesity through these biological routes,” Kiecolt-Glaser adds.

Getting enough sleep is also key to resilience and stress relief, although stress itself can interfere with sleep. To improve your sleep habits, go to bed the same time each night and get up the same time each morning, and limit the use of light-emitting electronics like computers and smartphones before bed. The light can reduce production of a natural sleep hormone called melatonin, which then makes it hard to fall asleep.

Beyond recommendations for exercise, healthy diet, social contacts, and getting enough sleep, Green McDonald says, “studies have also shown that mindfulness (focused attention on one’s own emotions) and other meditative practices can effectively relieve stress.”

“Mindfulness means staying aware and conscious of your experiences. No matter what we’re doing, we can always make time to bring our attention to our breath and body and stay there for a short period of time,” says NIH psychologist Dr. Rezvan Ameli, who specializes in mindfulness practice. “Recent studies show that even short periods of mindful attention can have a positive impact on health and well-being.”

Other NIH-funded studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can reduce stress, alter brain structure and function, and have a positive effect on the immune system.

“Mindfulness is a simple and effective tool that anybody can use to reduce stress,” Ameli says. Although the concept is simple, becoming more mindful requires commitment and practice. You can learn more about mindfulness meditation from local resources like yoga or meditation classes, mindfulness-based stress-reduction programs, or books.

If you feel overwhelmed by stress, talk with a health care provider or mental health professional. Medications or other therapies might help you cope. In the long run, reducing stress may help you to slow down and enjoy your time with the people and activities you really care about.

Written by NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Managing Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Helen Fields, Britny Kish, and Harrison Wein

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Rotary Donates Defibrillators to Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Rotary Donates Defibrillators to Wolfson Children's HospitalLast March the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise held an International Wine Tasting event to raise funds for Wolfson Children’s Hospital, a non-profit organization. Recognized year after year as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, 199-bed* Wolfson Children’s Hospital is the only full-service tertiary hospital for children in the region, serving North Florida, South Georgia and beyond.

In FY13, over 75.3% of Nassau County children requiring hospital care are treated at Wolfson Children’s. On the hospital’s wish list is defibrillators and the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise was able to purchase three of the machines with the proceeds from the fundraiser. This week members of the club presented a check to Wolfson Children’s for the defibrillators. And celebrating with the club members were Fernandina Beach residents Sean and Tiffany McGill with their son, Lucas, who was successfully treated at Wolfson Children’s.

The Wine Tasting event was an overwhelming success due in part to the support the club received from its many sponsors including among others: Florida Public Utilities Company, Amelia Liquors, and The Palace Saloon.

Pictured here are members of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise: Mark Cutshaw, president, Mark Dennis, past president, Christal Fish, past president, Dave Dully, Event Chair, and Art Shuster, past president, along with the McGills and presenting a check for $43,664.40, to Michael Aubin, Wolfson Children’s Hospital President and Candice Ramesar, Director of Emergency Services, Theresa Pye, Peds Educator, and Diane Givens, Assistant Nurse Manager.

About Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise
The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw, at mcutshaw@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

*14 Additional NICU beds are located at Baptist Medical Center South

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Artrageous Art Walk December 13, 2014

Artrageous Art Walk December 13, 2014Saturday, December 13, in downtown Fernandina Beach, the Island Art Association is inviting everyone to a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The gallery’s newest Nouveau Art exhibit, Abstractions, is a themed, judged show. An artist from South Georgia, Mary O. Smith, was the judge.

Awards will be announced at the reception and this show will be on exhibit until January 31, 2015.

For the month of February, the Annual Nassau County High School Student Art will be on exhibit. The Island Art Association awards First, Second & Third Places, art supply gift cards from Cheap Joe’s Art Supply Co.

THE BLUE DOOR
This Saturday, December 13th, the eight artists of the Blue Door will be departing from their regular format during the Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk. Instead of featuring the work of an individual artist, all of the studios will be open for a Holiday Market designed for your browsing and shopping pleasure from 5 until 8 PM. Small artwork will be available as well as large pieces with discounts given on selected work. Light refreshments will be available and many of the resident artists will be on hand.

The Blue Door Galleries are located at 205-1/2 Centre Street, next to the coffee shop and in plain sight of the town’s Christmas Parade, also scheduled that evening.

Also visit the three galleries on the corner of Ash and 3rd!

SANJON GALLERY
Sandra’s gallery is brim full of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry (a HUGE collection of period copper jewelry that you won’t see elsewhere), cards, etc.

STUDIO C
Carol’s eclectic gallery has her own paintings, jewelry, purses, accessories, and “Angels”. If you don’t know what her “Angels” are, it is worth a trip up the stairs just to see them! Be sure to read their titles!

TRISH’S SLIGHTLY OFF CENTRE
Lots of lovely pottery by Trish and others, and some really neat, quirky folk art! It’s a small shop, but there are treasures everywhere. Look around slowly!!!

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Santa is Coming to the Farmers’ Market in Fernandina

Santa is Coming to the Farmers' Market in FernandinaSanta Claus is coming to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market on December 13, 2014. Located on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach, you can bring your family, including your pets, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and have a picture taken with Santa Claus and all donations benefit Micah’s Place, Nassau County’s only certified domestic violence center.

Enjoy shopping in the fresh December air under the cypress and majestic oaks of Amelia Island, while you taste your way among the vendors. Find specialty items like homemade soaps, candies, sea salts, beef jerky and more that are ideal for gift baskets and stocking stuffers.

Thrill your holiday guests with party favorites like pimento cheese spread, olive salads, goat cheese and you can create an incredibly fresh vegetable tray from the seasonal offerings of four different produce vendors.

Sip from piping hot coffee, or a hot chocolate with whipped topping and peppermint sprinkles from our beverage vendor, or enjoy a tasty pastry from Great Harvest or Maria’s Bakery.

With nearly 40 vendors, and an Arts Market located right next door, this is a great place to enjoy the outdoors while getting a lot of your holiday shopping done, too.

There will be live, musical favorites sung by Melissa Rose certain to get you into the holiday spirit. Open every Saturday, the Fernandina Beach Market Place is open rain or shine!

For additional information, please visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, find us on facebook or call (904) 557-8229.

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Marketing 101 For Arts & Cultural Organizations

Marketing 101 For Arts & Cultural OrganizationsThe Art of Marketing: Marketing 101 For Arts & Cultural Organizations is an upcoming community forum put on by Arts and Culture Nassau, the joint city/county council of the arts.

Saturday, January 10, 2015, from 10:00 am to noon, this forum will be held in the upstairs meeting room of the Amelia Island Museum of History, located at 233 S. 3rd St, in Fernandina Beach.

The Art of Marketing: Marketing 101 for Arts & Cultural Organizations will take participants step-by-step through the marketing process and give practical strategies for creating an individual marketing plan.

Topics will include:
-Understanding branding
-Determining your target market
-Marketing tools
-Using social media
-Defining goals, strategies & tactics
-Creating your own marketing plan

Speaker Kim Deppe is owner and president of Deppe Communications, a marketing and advertising agency located in Fleming Island, FL. She is a Marketing and Public Relations professional with over 25 years experience in branding, integrative marketing, social media, online marketing, crisis communications and management. She worked in healthcare marketing for over 20 years, including 16 years at St. Vincent’s Health System and was vice president of marketing at a large Jacksonville credit union.

In 2011, she completed a master’s certificate program in online marketing and started her own marketing consulting firm. Her experiences in traditional marketing, social media, marketing strategy and online marketing combine to give her a unique perspective based on years of experience and up-to-the moment digital tactics.

The Community Forum is free and open to the public; however, due to seating limitations, registration in advance is requested.

To register, please contact Alisha Brown at abrown@fbfl.org or 310-3366 to register for the Forum.

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RM Auctions to Sell Daytona Winning Jaguar at Amelia Island

RM Auctions to Sell Daytona Winning Jaguar at Amelia Island

Photo credit – Tim Scott Fluid Images © 2014 courtesy RM

Blenheim, Ontario – RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, is delighted to announce it has secured one of the most historic sports prototype racing cars of the modern era – the Works Jaguar XJR-9, chassis 388, which won the Daytona 24 hours in 1990. Poised to cross the auction podium at RM’s highly anticipated Amelia Island sale, March 14, #388 is the third of just three cars constructed for the 1988 IMSA GT Championship, run by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), and the only remaining example of just two XJR-9 chassis ever manufactured as purpose-built IMSA specification cars.

Prior to its most famous victory in 1990, #388 enjoyed two highly successful seasons in 1988 and 1989. In 1988, predominantly in the hands of Davey Jones and Jan Lammers, the car achieved four podium finishes and never finished a race outside of the top seven, a superb achievement that helped the Jaguar team secure third place in the IMSA constructor’s championship, stamping its authority in both IMSA and Group C racing.

During the 1989 season, #388 was an equally strong contender, achieving three front-row starts including a pole position, four second-row starts and eight overall podium finishes. The ’89 season saw Price Cobb and John Nielsen join the car’s driver roster, leading it to a remarkable record that saw it finish on the podium for two-thirds of all the races it competed in.

By the start of 1990 season, #388 was fully developed into XJR-12 specification and went on to famously win the season’s headline event, the 24 hours of Daytona, in the hands of Davey Jones, Jan Lammers and Andy Wallace. The victory was an unquestionable high point in Jaguar’s illustrious endurance racing history, especially after having finished second overall with this car at Daytona in 1989. #388 also secured a podium finish at Sebring in 1990.

“We’re thrilled to have been entrusted with the Works Jaguar XJR-9 for our Amelia Island sale. Its offering is made all the more special given 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of its win at Daytona,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Auctions Europe. “It is a true work of art that effortlessly blends great design and engineering with incredible performance. The lines are fantastic – it appears fast even when standing still – and then there’s the massive V-12 engine that can help propel it to a blistering 240 mph. Despite all this, it is not an intimidating car. Having driven it recently, I can attest that it is a delight to drive and easy to handle.”

A short video highlighting the car with commentary from Max Girardo and Martin Brundle, TWR Jaguar Driver can be seen below:

The historic Works XJR-9 Jaguar will lead an exceptional roster of more than 80 handpicked automobiles at RM’s Amelia Island auction. Celebrating its 17th year as the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2015, the RM sale returns to the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, March 14. For further event details, including a frequently updated list of entries, please visit www.rmauctions.com or call toll-free 800.211.4371 (1 519 352 4575 outside North America).

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